Roger Hose has been dealing, collecting and restoring antiques and art for more than four decades. He is widely known for his passion, dedication and intimate knowledge of artisanal traditions, antiques, art and history.
Raised in regional Victoria, Roger fell in love with antiques after restoring an American child's rocker. He studied wood carving and french polishing at night and began restoring family treasures belonging to an extended network of family and friends.
Roger moved to London in his early 20's and sought out work with a restoration firm specialising in 17th-18th century Italian and southern European furniture. Here Roger immersed himself in the traditions of french polishing, gilding, cabinetry and finishings. Travelling widely, Roger augmented his practical skills touring museums and galleries throughout the United Kingdom and Europe.
Returning to Melbourne, Roger worked as an apprentice to Graham Geddes, now one of the world's leading experts in antiques and antiquities.
In 1994 Roger established Roger Hose Antiques and Art in Brisbane's Woolloongabba antiques precinct. At 31, he was one of the youngest antiques dealer in Australia. He soon established a reputation for quality restorations and his ability to anticipate and respond to market trends and clients' interests.
With an enduring focus on 17th -19th century Spanish and French antiques, the Woolloongabba store housed an eclectic mix of high quality Asian, colonial, industrial and custom-made furniture, art and collectables.
Roger has been the director of Roger Hose Antiques and Art for 30 years. Building on his success in retail antiques and art, Roger is also involved in commercial projects, refurbishing and fitting out resorts, hotels, restaurants and large private dining rooms.
The past 2 decades has seen Roger realise another long-held passion, establishing himself as a painter and sculptor. His work has been shown in Australia and overseas.